The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired utility fielder Edward Salcedo from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for right-hander Bryton Trepagnier. The two-man swap is a minor-league deal and was announced earlier today on the clubs’ transactions pages.
Salcedo, 23, made his Triple-A debut last season and spent the majority of the year in the International League with Gwinnett. He hit .212 with 10 homers and 44 RBIs in 110 games with the G-Braves while splitting the campaign between right field (48 starts) and third base (45 starts).
The versatile prospect then carried his power numbers into the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .260 and ranked tied for second in the league with nine doubles in 24 contests with AFL runner-up Peoria. Salcedo wrapped up his 2014 campaign with a 3-for-12 showing with one homer and two RBIs in a three-game stint with Escogido in the Dominican Winter League.
Originally signed by Atlanta as an international free agent in 2010, Salcedo garnered rankings as a top-20 farmhand in the Braves’ organization during each of his first four seasons from 2010-13, and as the Carolina League’s No. 14 overall prospect in 2012. The slugger also recently turned in his fourth straight campaign with double-digit homers and has now gone deep 10 or more times in all four of his full seasons in the minors.
Salcedo enters the 2015 season having hit .235 with 107 doubles, 16 triples, 56 home runs and 262 RBIs in 586 career minor-league games. He has made 375 starts at third base, 90 at short stop and 51 in right field.
Trepagnier, 23, pitched five seasons in Pittsburgh’s organization prior to the trade, most recently going 4-1 with a 2.53 ERA and nine saves for Hi-A Bradenton in 2014.